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Trump Ends 'Thank You' Tour By Praising Electoral College

12-18-2016
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During the final stop on his "thank you" tour in Mobile, Alabama, President-elect Donald Trump praised the Electoral College, calling the system "genius."

"I never appreciated it until now, how genius it was, what they had in mind, because at the time they didn't want everybody going to Boston and New York and everything else would be forgotten," the president-elect said. "It's genius, I'm telling you it's genius."

Trump returned to the football stadium that held his largest rally during the campaign. 

More than 30,000 of his supporters came to his rally in August 2015.

"This is where it all began," he said thanking the crowd. "Boy, did we do well in the South." 

Trump's nominee for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, joined Trump onstage and received cheers from his hometown crowd. 

"We are really the people who love this country," Trump said. 

Earlier Saturday, Trump made the announcement that South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney would join his cabinet as the head the Office of Management and Budget.

Mulvaney is a fiscal conservative who has taken a hardline on government spending, often pressing for cuts. 

"With Mick at the head of OMB, my administration is going to make smart choices about America's budget, bring new accountability to our federal government, and renew the American taxpayer's trust in how their money is spent," Trump said.

Meanwhile, Trump told China to keep the U.S. Navy underwater drone that had been seized in international waters in the South China Sea. 

"We should tell China that we don't want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!" Trump tweeted Saturday evening.

The incident sparked a diplomatic protest from the United States. Officials demanded the return of the device used for oceanographic research. 

"We have registered our objection to China's unlawful seizure of a U.S. unmanned underwater vehicle operating in international waters in the South China Sea," Peter Cook, the Pentagon press secretary, said in a statement released Saturday.

"Through direct engagement with Chinese authorities, we have secured an understanding that the Chinese will return the UUV to the United States," it continued. 

No details have been provided on how it would be returned. 

 

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